One of the biggest challenges that we face in our fitness journey is having the ability to move beyond the mental challenges that come up and persevere until we reach our end goal. It’s not enough to have a goal and start working toward it; we have to believe that our efforts will not be in vain. Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle after years of eating unhealthy foods and not being physically active can be challenging. It’s easy to get started on a program, they challenge comes when a tough day arises and you want to eat a double cheeseburger and fries all while sitting in your favorite spot on the couch, the question is, what will you do from there. Do you allow a setback to make you sit down and do nothing? If you don’t see the results that you want as quickly as you want, do you throw in the towel?
God has given us everything that we need to lead a healthy life; in fact he wants us to live that way. Our soul “mind, will, and emotions” plays an important role in how we react to the challenges of life. This area is the area that is most easily affected by the lies that the enemy tells us. Philippians 1:6 says that “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (NIV). So no matter what challenges are presented, we know that we have help. We have the help of the Almighty who is able to do so much more for us than we ever imagined. We have the help of the people who love and support us along the way. If we need encouragement, they are there for that and if we need an extra push, they can do that too.
Make the choice to get up and push forward each and every day. Put forth your best effort for that day; meaning that your best effort from one day to the next may not look the same. Some days your body will feel better and move better than the next, don’t stress over it, just give all that you have in that moment and try again tomorrow. The biggest thing is to simply get up and “Push Play”.